Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Recipe of the week! Week 2 SW recipe.

I tried two slimming world recipes this week.
SW fanta gammon/ham in the slow cooker and SW crustless quiche.

We have a family sized slow cooker, so I was a bit disappointed to have to use a whole full sized bottle to fill it!
I didn't look at the amount but I'm assuming those bottles are around 2 litres.

So first step is to remove the ham from all It's packaging. Take off any fat, then put into the slow cooker and cover in fanta.
The fat running through the middle was removed after.

As you can see in the picture, it was fizzing away around the ham.

So it went in for 7 hours on low and I served it with baby potatoes in their skins and a mix of vegetables.

The meat was literally falling apart, very tender, and it definitely had a different taste to it.  I quite liked it, but I wasn't mad about it.
I could take it or leave it, it wasn't like the diet coke chicken where I thought it was delicious and I know I'll do that again. 
Whether I will this one, I don't know. 
I'm not sure. I would be just as happy with normal ham, so it's unlikely.

The second meal, the crustless quiche, was a lot quicker to make and cook.

So I chopped the bacon, mushroom, tomato, onion and peppers and cooked them up in a pan.

Next I mixed up the cottage cheese and chive with the eggs and I think I put a bit of garlic as well. 

I don't have a flan dish, so I used a pie dish, put a layer of the bacon and veg

then half the cottage cheese and egg mix

Then I did the same again and it filled the dish right up. 

I then decorated the top with some more tomato

Then I popped it into the oven and hoped for the best! 

The end result:

It was absolutely delicious!!
I'll definitely make this again.
I purposely didn't add cheddar cheese or salt and pepper etc as I just wanted to know what it tasted like plain and I actually think it was nice enough as it was.
I loved it! Yum!!

Looking for next week's now.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Enjoying food SO much, but without the guilt!

I'm having such a good week with my food and really enjoying eating so healthily. It's so great as well to have no guilt.

Usually it's a case of feeling bad after a good meal and maybe regretting choices while feeling bloated and gross.
Either that or feeling bad because I've just grabbed a pizza or packet meal for quickness.

Not now. I feel SO much better. I'm really enjoying eating 'real' food.
I like planning what to make.
I don't even mind cooking from scratch, in fact I really like it.
The only down side is the amount of washing up we're left with after, haha.

I've tried two SW recipes this week and also just tried to eat a good amount of salad or vegetables with my meals.

I've decided I like keeping a food diary.
It definitely helps to keep me focused and I'm planning to continue even after the first four weeks of handing in diaries to my SW consultant ends.

Speaking of slimming world, I got a lovely email today from the head office asking how I was getting on and making sure I didn't need anything.  Wasn't that nice?

Anyway, a few of this weeks meals ...

Yummy or what?!


Friday, 17 November 2017

Recipe of the week! Week 1 SW recipe.

I decided Im going to try and make at least one SW recipe a week, or at least a new variation of one I've already tried.

So week one's recipe was SW diet coke chicken.

I've been curious about this one but was just unwilling to try it when I did SW last time, so with my new decision of trying new things I decided to make this the first one on my list.

So here it is!


I really enjoyed making this.

I stuck to the exact recipe, but you could add anything that you wanted really and so I do plan to make this again with different vegetables at some point.

It looks quite liquid while cooking.

But it reduces down towards the end to a lovely thickish sauce and it tastes delicious!!

I was reminded while cooking this, of exactly how much I enjoy cooking from scratch, if only time and life allows!

Anyhow, week ones SW recipe was a resounding success, so a big thumbs up from me for this one!! 👍

I'm looking through to choose one for week two now!

All part of the excitement of this better way of eating and it's helping to keep me focused and on plan as well.

All good stuff


Weekly weigh in. Week 1

Weekly weigh in. Week 1:

11st 0.5lb

Last week for comparison:
11st 1.5lb (starting weight)

1lb loss.

Wednesday night was my first official weigh in.

I wasn't disappointed exactly, because it's kind of the usual for me, but I had felt hopeful, that considering how good I had been and how strict on myself, that I might of had a little more of a loss that I did, so in that sense I s'pose I was a bit disappointed.

We're doing food diaries the first four weeks, so if I'm making a big mistake anywhere, she can point it out for me, so that's good.

Anyhow we will continue on. I'm still feeling very motivated, so we will see what this week brings ....

Every loss is a step forward to my goal!


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The first week.

So the first week on plan has been a mixture of good and bad for me, in the sense that I was unwell the first few days, so didn't eat properly.

Since then though, I've been right on plan and even been easy on my syns as well.

So here's a few of the meals I've enjoyed.

We've also had to take Father in law for a meal out and there wasn't much choice in the way of SW friendly meals, so I just made the best choice I could.
A spaghetti bolognese dish.
I had only had one cup of tea that day, so the rest of my hea choice covered the parmesan on it and I know the mince was steak mince, so not sure about fat content or how it was cooked.  So I put 10 syns to cover everything.

Hopefully that will keep me on plan.

So.... first weigh in tonight.
I'm half excited and half not.
Mainly because I just don't seem able to lose much at a time generally and so for the amount of effort I have to put in with my will power etc, it seems a shame not to see a bigger loss by comparison to how some people lose.
I wish I was able to do the same.

Anyhow, tonight all will be revealed!!

Let's hope for good news!!


Friday, 10 November 2017

It's official!

So on Wednesday night, 8th Nov 2017 I joined slimming world and am now an official member!! Woohoo!

I was really glad because it seems I haven't always got the right amount of syns counted for things I was eating, so hopefully now I'll have a better idea of what I'm doing.
Some of the things on the B list have changed as well, so I need to have a good check through my book and make sure I know what I'm doing.

Anyow this is a new start, so I'll write the official slimming world figures from now for my weight and will just check my BMI, body fat and body water at home for myself.
I might still add that weekly as well.
Not sure yet.

But this is it!  We're off!!

So ....

11st 1.5lb

Feeling very excited and very positive!!


Friday, 3 November 2017


On Tuesday I went with hubby for a health check at our DR surgery. 

After doing our bloods and things, she checked our weights an on working out my BMI, I was offered a referral to slimming world, which meant I get to go to a group for 12 weeks free! 
I was SO excited and was saying yes please before the nurse had even finished her sentence, haha. 

Today I got my referral information through the post from Slimming World and so I plan to attend my first group next Wednesday.
I know I should probably be quite sad and even a bit fed up or perhaps embarrassed even, that I'm so overweight that the NHS is willing to pay to send me to a slimming class, but I just don't feel that way.
I just feel really happy to have this opportunity and I can't wait to get there and get started. 

For now, while I still plan to try and be sensible until I go, I won't be sticking with the plan or weighing myself on Monday, but once I go on Wednesday and get weighed etc there, I will restart on here again from that time. 

So, it's just a temporary break for a few days and then I'll be back on Wednesday. 

Until then, keep strong, keep focused.